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Doughty South Africa Eke Out Seven-Run Win Over England, Get Closer To T20 World Cup Semi-Finals

Quinton de Kock played a brilliant innings with a rapid fifty, and South Africa’s bowlers responded effectively to defend a modest total, securing a tense seven-run victory over England in their Group 2 Super Eight match of the T20 World Cup at Gros Islet, St Lucia. Despite De Kock’s aggressive 65 off 38 balls, South Africa could only manage 163/6, with England initially containing them well. However, a spirited partnership between Harry Brook (53) and Liam Livingstone (33) revived England’s chase, but they fell short, finishing at 156/6.

South Africa executed their strategy of slowing the pace of the ball effectively, which frustrated England’s attempt to score boundaries during a crucial middle phase of the match. Despite making some errors, South Africa maintained their composure, extending their winning streak in the tournament.

England faced an uphill task needing 46 runs from the final four overs, and although they fought back admirably through Brook and Livingstone, South Africa held their nerve. Kagiso Rabada’s crucial wickets and tight bowling from Marco Jansen and Anrich Nortje in the closing overs ensured South Africa’s victory.

Reeza Hendricks’ exceptional catch and South Africa’s disciplined bowling were instrumental in restricting England, who struggled initially and failed to adjust their approach effectively against South Africa’s tactics. Despite contributions from Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali, England’s slow start ultimately proved costly as they failed to capitalize on opportunities.

Earlier, South Africa, despite De Kock’s explosive start, faltered in the middle overs before David Miller’s timely innings propelled them past 150.

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